Saturday, October 31, 2009

Did you know...

... that today, besides being Halloween in the United States, is South Pole Landing Day?

In 1956, Admiral G. J. Dufek was the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.

Congrats, Admiral!

Princess Classics!

Yesterday,October 30, 2009, some friends of Vacaville 4th Ward and I went to Disney on Ice - Princess Classics Show.

The theme "Princess Classics" is a journey to the magical classic fairy tales.

Because I love all "lands of Disney", I'm suspicious to say it, but the show was as always: Amazing!

The first half of the show was about the six "princess" tales, and the second half was about Cinderella in more detail, with a grand ballroom finale and a happy end.

My favorite moment: the arrival of the seven dwarfs.

We really had fun, fun and fun! The pictures are out of order the presentation.... Thanks for all that had made those great moments for me and us, (rsrsrsrsrs)!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Remembering!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are you feeding missionaries today?


When you feed the missionaries, they need to be done and "out the door" to their next appointments by 6:15pm.

Please, be prepared to be done by that time. If you have any questions about who can feed the missionaries (some rules have changed ) call Sis Gray.

Relief Society Announcements


Simple Saturday!
Saturday, November 7th, at the Stake Center
from 9 - noon

  • You must sign up and pay by this next Sunday, November 1st.
  • Make checks out to Sis Beauchamp. If you have any questions, please call.
  • You can sign up and pay for as many items as you would like. Make them to give as gifts, for yourself, or donate to the craft sales at Festival of Trees!
List of the items we will be able to make:
  • No-sew tutu (make 2 for $5)
  • Tile trivet (1 for $2)
  • Set of 4 tile coasters (1 set for $3)
  • Covered notebook (1 for $2)
  • Covered shopping list with pen (1 for $2)
Don't Miss it!

Friday, October 23, 2009

"STRONG AND CORAGEOUS"



A Lesson Learned in Brazil
Jenny Phillips

I learned a lot of things on my trip to Brazil this year: Rio De Janeiro is one of the most beautiful places in the world (absolutely breathtaking); the Brazilian saints are incredible singers, and they amazingly beautiful on the outside and the inside. Some of the kindest and most Christ like people in the world live in Brazil. But I also learned something else--the hard way. You need a visa to go to Brazil.

My husband and I had planned our trip to Brazil for months. On the day of our departure, we packed up our kids and drove them to my mom's house. We said our goodbyes and went to the airport where we unloaded all of our flight cases full of sound equipment. After standing in the long line, we finally got up to the ticket counter. "Can I see your visa?" the man at the counter asked. My heart dropped. I had been to 27 countries and had never needed a visa. When I told them man that I didn't know I needed a visa, he said, "Didn't you read all the emails Delta sent you about getting a visa?" My heart dropped again. I had been too busy to read the emails Delta had sent me titled "Important Information about Your Flight." I figured I already knew all I needed to know about that flight. I was bugged by all the emails they were sending me. To make a long story short, we couldn't get on the plane. I had to call the leaders in Rio with the distressing news. I wouldn't be arriving that night for the fireside.

The feeling I had was absolutely terrible. I didn't have what was required to go where I had planned on going. The experience made me think of the day I will arrive, not at a ticket counter, but at the judgment bar. The "visa" I will need to present will be a life lived with "valiant" faith. Having lived good and "honorable" will not be enough. I can't imagine not having what I need on that day. I can't imagine the Lord saying: "Didn't you hear and heed those messages I sent you about what you needed to do for exaltation?" I do not want to reply: "I was too busy."

The thing is, I got to reschedule my trip to Rio after getting a visa. But if I pass through this life without living "valiantly," I won't be able to reschedule my life and try again. Ezra Taft Benson said: "Not to be valiant in one's testimony is a tragedy of eternal consequence." (Ensign, May 1982, p. 63).

Can you not feel Nephi's words: "But wo unto hiim that hath the law given . . . and that wasteth the days of his probation." (2 Nephi 6)

So how do you rate your life right now at this moment? A) Valiant B) Honorable and clean but not valiant C) Dishonorable and unclean? These categories represent the following: A) Celestial Kingdom B) Terrestrial Kingdom C) Telestial Kingdom

It's so important that we are constantly evaluating the way we are living. Consider this guideline from the Strength of Youth Pamphlet:
1) "Do not attend, view, or participate in entertainment that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in entertainment that in any way presents immorality or violent behavior as acceptable." How are you living this?
A. Valiantly B. Honorably C. Dishonorably

2)How would you rate yourself as having consistent and meaningful scripture study?
A. Valiantly B. Honorably C. Dishonorably

3. How are you doing your at you visiting/home teaching and other callings?
A. Valiantly B. Honorably C. Dishonorably

4. How hard are you working on gaining attributes of charity such as not being easily provoked, being kind, and seeking not your own?
A. Valiantly B. Honorably C. Dishonorably

"Valiant" has become the new measuring stick with which I am trying to measure my life. I'm trying to settle for nothing less than "valiant," because I want to be sure that when I meet the Savior I will have what I need to present to him. I don't want the feeling I had that day at the airport when I realized I couldn't get on the plane.

I'm very excited about the song "Valiant Faith" on the the 2010 CD "Strong and Courageous." Here is a quote I love that is included in the script for that program:

Bruce R. McConkie: "Members of the Church who have testimonies and who live clean and upright lives, but who are not courageous and valiant, do not gain the celestial kingdom. Theirs is a terrestrial inheritance . . . Now, what does it mean to be valiant in the testimony of Jesus? It is to be courageous and bold; to use all our strength, energy, and ability in the warfare with the world . . . To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to bridle our passions, control our appetites, and rise above carnal and evil things . . . To be valiant in the testimony of Jesus is to take the Lord's side on every issue . . . It is to think as he thinks, to believe what he believes, to say what he would say and do what he would do in the same situation. It is to have the mind of Christ and be one with him as he is one with his Father.” (Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie, pgs 362-363)

Valiant Faith
Jenny Phillips/Tyler Castleton

Too many people are just sliding by
Plugged into the world
But missing the meaning of life

But I was born to be a warrior of light
With faith to move mountains
And the power of God filling my life

I want to live my life with honor and faith
I want to return to His arms unashamed
It's not enough for me to live it half way
I'll follow him fearlessly all of my days
I will live with valiant faith

I lived for ages, I prepared for this life
I won't be confused
And cross to the enemy's side

I am girded with power and truth
I'm siding with God
And he's pouring out blessings in all that I do

Chorus

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just a Note!

TRUNK OR TREAT!

TRUNK OR TREAT!

VACAVILLE 4TH WARD

ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF AND TRUNK OR TREAT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2009
3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
PORTSMOUTH BUILDING

Chili Cook-Off - Bring a pot of chili to share (put your name on the pot and a ladle for serving)
We will have chili, cornbread and more! Awards for the best chili!
Trunk or Treat – Bring enough candy for 100 children
Fun games for the children and trick or treating! Wear your costume!
Bring your friends and family for a fun afternoon of food and games!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Hither by Thy Help I’m Come"



Delivered On: October 4th 2009
Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

Some 3,000 years ago, Samuel the prophet led ancient Israel to victory over a powerful enemy. Samuel placed a large stone at the place of their deliverance and dedicated it as a monument to God’s assistance. He called the stone “Eben-ezer,” which meant “stone of help.” The stone became a symbol of the Lord’s goodness and strength.[1]
This practice of raising memorials to divine help has deep roots in ancient Israel. Generations earlier, after the Israelites crossed the mighty Jordan River on dry ground and entered the promised land, their leader, Joshua, commanded the people to gather 12 stones from the river and build a monument. He explained that the purpose of the monument was to build faith in future generations, that “when [their] children ask . . . in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?” they could tell their children how the Lord helped them in their hour of need.[2]
The beloved hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” alludes to this biblical practice with these words:
Here I raise my Ebenezer;Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Life is full of rivers to cross, full of challenges to overcome. However, those who see with an eye of faith understand that they did not cross their rivers alone. In a way, each of us could raise an Ebenezer, a memorial of the divine assistance, heavenly favor, and forgiveness extended to us. It may not be a monument of stone—indeed, hearts filled with humility and gratitude are the most meaningful memorials. Whatever form our memorial takes, acknowledging the help we’ve received renews our hope that by His good pleasure and in His due time, we will safely arrive at home.


1. See 1 Samuel 7:7-12
2. See Joshua 4: 1-7

Our 2 wonderful and spiritual days in Utah!

One of the agreements made when moving to California was to enjoy every year at least one Session of LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kurt and I are so blessed that we have been able to honor that "most enjoyable trip". The open arms of our friends testify what is love, friendship and children of Heavenly Father. We are so grateful for all they did in order to make us comfortable and loved. All moments are registered in our hearts forever. We are storing up friendship treasures in heaven. Love you, guys!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

NURTURE THE RISING GENERATION

October 2009

Mothers who know are nurturers. (Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general President)


Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Twelve Apostles, recently spokes of responsibilities seminary and institute teachers have in “helping young people make good choices, strengthening their testimonies, helping them see foolishness in its true light, preparing the rising generation for missionary service, and nurturing those who return to make correct choices.”
“One of the challenges today is to help students understand choices which, while not inherently evil, are not the best choices that they can make. In homes where family scripture study, family home evening and family prayer are not held, we need be a source of example, knowledge and spiritual strength that will allow the youth to avoid issues that would undermine their testimonies at the same time that we are building a doctrinal foundation for those testimonies."

Cristina and Joel


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